Whatever you´re considering doing or giving up, the choice is y o u r s
- Platonic reassuring shoulder/arm/hand grabbing
- Platonic tight, meaningful hugs
- Platonic late-night deep conversations that end in at least one person holding back tears or sobbing
- Platonic sleeping in the same bed
- Platonic forehead touches
- Platonic staring into each other’s eyes like the other person is the world
- Platonic CUDDLES
SUPER CLOSE PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS
Even if I was given the opportunity to fall in love with someone romantically, I wouldn’t take it.
(What’s “aromantic”? See Aromanticism 101.)
I was inspired to write this after hearing from another aromantic asexual person who felt excluded from the asexual community because of being aromantic. So this post is aimed at romantic asexual and non-asexual people alike.
Whenever I say “aromantic” here, I’m talking about the whole aromantic spectrum, not just totally aromantic people.
My Favourite Excerpts:
“Aromantic people are not “making the queer community look bad,” and we are not obliged to have “normal” romantic relationships if we don’t want to.”
“Don’t say things like “Keep an open mind, you never know,” or “You’ll change your mind,” or “But I’m sure people would love to date you!” We do not call ourselves aromantic because we have given up on finding a romantic partner; we call ourselves aromantic partly because we do not need to find a romantic partner.”
“If an aromantic person responds positively to flirting or agrees to date you, this is not an invitation to try to make us feel romantically attracted to you. Don’t get into a relationship with an aromantic person hoping that we will fall in love with you. It’s insulting to us, and it will just break your heart in the end.”
“Many aromantics have trouble noticing or understanding other people’s romantic feelings. This can get stressful, confusing, or frightening because we can’t tell what other people want from us.”
Sansa had favored her mother’s gods over her father’s. She loved the statues, the pictures in leaded glass, the fragrance of burning incense, the septons with their robes and crystals, the magical play of the rainbows over altars inlaid with mother-of-pearl and onyx and lapis lazuli. Yet she could not deny that the godswood had a certain power too. Especially by night. Help me, she prayed, send me a friend, a true knight to champion me…
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